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The Anthroposophic Movement

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The Anthroposophic Movement

This all-encompassing review by Rudolf Steiner of how the anthroposophic movement came into existence — leading to the establishment of the Anthroposophical Society — and its connection for a time with the Theosophical Society, is a fascinating account of important events in the history of the Western spiritual tradition.

In the last decades of the nineteenth century, a yearning for spiritual nourishment arose within European souls, so that the artistic works of Richard Wagner and the writings of Madame H. P. Blavatsky, among others, became popular. Organizations such as the Giordano Bruno League and the Theosophical Society subsequently appeared, and in these surroundings the anthroposophic movement came into being.

Rudolf Steiner traces the growth of the anthroposophic movement and shows that by remaining true to its original impulse and purpose it was able gradually to gain in strength. He also outlines the path of the Theosophical Society and, in clear dispassionate tones, shows how the two movements were able to work together before moving towards an unavoidable separation.

This book is an important work for those interested in the history of, and the impulse behind, the anthroposophic movement; to those seeking insights into an important stage in the history of the Mysteries; and for those who wish to know more of the life and philosophy of Rudolf Steiner.

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